Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sleeping Rough in Bid to Help Pension Stretch; RICHARD, 62, SHELTERS UNDER RAILWAY BRIDGE AS FLAT TOO EXPENSIVE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sleeping Rough in Bid to Help Pension Stretch; RICHARD, 62, SHELTERS UNDER RAILWAY BRIDGE AS FLAT TOO EXPENSIVE

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Byline: DAN O'DONOGHUE Reporter dan.odonoghue@trinitymirror.com @DanChronicle

PRIVATE rents have increased by an average of PS2,000 a year since 2010, and the number of council homes at affordable rent has dropped by 140,000 nationwide.

Over the same time period, homelessness has hit record levels - with the number of rough sleepers now totalling more than 4,000. In the second of our series on Newcastle's homeless, we talk to Richard Mussard, 62, who sleeps under a railway bridge in Newcastle as he says he cannot stretch his pension to pay for a flat and live. Richard, originally from London, moved up to the city several years ago to be closer to friends.

He has been sleeping rough for a number of years now and worries, given his age, that he may not be able to continue doing it for much longer.

He said: "I get a small pension. …

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